Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their courageous work on children's safety, rights and freedom. 

I had the honor of writing this song for Kailash. That is his voice at the beginning, describing his passion.

Featuring Alam Khan - SarodDebopriyo Sarkar - Tabla, Paul Horn - Flute, and Julian Smedley - Violin

I met Kailash Satyarthi while composing the music for a documentary about him with directors Carl Byker and Mitchell D. Wilson. He had come to a gathering to celebrate the release of our television series "The New Heroes - with Robert Redford" and my record "The New Heroes". 

I remember speaking with him while standing in a small crowd. He was dressed in white and looking very still and frail. When he was filmed, he was raiding a quarry in India where people, mostly from the "untouchable" caste, were enslaved. He appeared much stronger.

It turned out that, between the time the doc was made and when we met him, Kailash had been trying to free a group of children who were circus slaves from Nepal. He was ambushed  during the attempt and beaten into unconsciousness. When he woke, he refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment. Rather, he demanded to be taken to the steps of the city center, in front of the corrupt officials who were complicit in his beating. He refused to leave, eat or get desperately needed treatment until those children were freed. They were. He survived. The man we met was recovering from near death.

 

 Alam Khan

Alam Khan

Photo of Arshad Syed

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